Veterans Administration Medical Center sets March 24 open house on veteran health care programs
Under Public Law 111-163, Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, Section 513, veterans who served in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, through May 7, 1975, or veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations between Aug. 2, 1990, through Nov. 11, 1998, are to be enrolled in VA services at the highest priority group for which they may be eligible.
Subsequently, veterans who served in Vietnam or the Blue Waters area of operations during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War cannot be rejected for enrollment and are entitled to be seen and treated at any VA Medical Center free of charge for all their needs under their Uniform Benefit Package.
Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system five years from the date of discharge or release. Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service.
If you are enrolled in any of the VA's programs, including Veterans Health Care Program, Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), and the Spina Bifida Health Care Program, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law. If you think you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, the Affordable Healthcare Act is another reason to enroll for VA medical care.
Free blood pressure screenings will be offered, and general health and wellness information will be available.
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